8km Run Event
The 8km event meanders through the beautiful Brisbane Valley, along the historic rail corridor. Starting at 9am, this event commences at the Lowood State School oval and finishes at the Fernvale Sports Park (Brouff Road, Fernvale).
3km Run Event
Also commencing at 9am, the start point for this shortened course is located along the Brisbane Valley off Old Fernvale Road, between Fernvale and Lowood. Please note that there is no parking at the 3km start, see information about the shuttle service that is available to all 3km participants.
24km Bicycle Event
Commencing at 8am from the Ipswich Grammar School Tennis Centre (Pearse Drive, Brassall), the bicycle ride will allow riders to experience the newly opened Wulkuraka to Fernvale section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail whilst observing the undisturbed nature strip with native vegetation and bird life on display.
There are a number of category prizes that will be awarded.
Overall male and female winners in the 8km event:
1st=$300 2nd=$200 3rd=$100
Medallions will be awarded to both the female and male 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in each of the following categories in the 8km event:
- 12 years and under
- 16 years and under*
Medallions will be awarded to both the female and male 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in each of the following categories in the 3km event:
- 12 years and under
*Note 16 and under category is for participants aged 13-16 years.
Random Draw Prizes
- A tandem skydive at Skydive Ramblers
- Two $50 cash prizes
- Two Somerset Regional Council gift packs
- Two $50 cash prizes for entrants with the best costumes.
Race presentations, including prize winners, will take place at approximately 11am at the Fernvale Sports Park near the finish line.
The course map for the 2017 Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run is below. Click for a larger version.
There will be water stations and portable toilets positioned along the course. The water stations are shown on the course map.
A FREE shuttle service will operate throughout the day to transfer people to and from their cars. Shuttles, courtesy of Minden Bus Service, will leave each site (Fernvale and Lowood) every 10 minutes between 7.30am and 8.45am, and then between 10.30am and 12pm, To ensure runners reach the start of their race on time the last shuttles before the race will leave at scheduled times. A more detailed schedule for the shuttle service will be available soon.
**Please note the free shuttle service will only be available to 3km and 8km participants. An optional return shuttle to Wulkuraka for bicycle participants is available for $15 pp.
There will be plenty of parking available at the Fernvale Futures Complex and also the Fernvale Sports Park . Free parking will also be available at the southern end of Fernvale Memorial Park (enter via the Fernvale Futures Complex car park) from 7am on race day. Street parking is available along Prospect Street and Peace Streets in Lowood.
Plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:
- Jumping castle
- Community food stalls
- Live performances and more
- Rock Climbing Wall
- Information Stalls
- Children activities